It didn’t take long for kicker Cody Parkey to fall out of favor in Chicago.
His missed kicks this season already have Bears fans wanting him off the team, and at least one wants to pay up for it.
A Bears fan identified as Nicholas Kelly of Fort Campbell, Kentucky started a crowdfunding campaign to buy out the $9 million of guaranteed money in Parkey’s contract.
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The 26-year-old kicker signed in Chicago this offseason on a four-year, $15 million contract, with 60 percent of it guaranteed at signing.
He missed an extra point against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17 but made up for it with a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Parkey finished the regular season 23-of-30 on field goals, good for 76.7 percent accuracy, and 41-of-44 on extra points (93.2 percent).
Bears fans are quick to forget the kicking issues they had last season, with Connor Barth hitting only 68.8 percent of his field goals, although the team only missed two extra points all season.
No one has donated to the ‘GoFundMe’ yet, and that wouldn't actually be able to affect the Bears' salary cap, but at the very least, it’s a funny story from a frustrated fan.
If Chicago released Parkey in the offseason, they would add over $5 million in dead cap money while taking just over $4 million off the books, saving no cap space in the process.